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is a pione this is al jazeera. hello and welcome to the newshour. it is good to have you here with us in doha. these are our top stories. ukraine's government says it will push against separatist fighters until peace is restored as it continues to point the finger at russia for violence. >> the death tollfo from barrial bomb attacks in aleppo near the 2000 mark this year alone. acisi's camp claims a
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victory in the presidential elecs. hundredses of anticoup protesters take to the streets. and turning real life into fiction, we will tell you about the foster kids who made a movie from their experience. ukraine's acting defense minister says the army will continue defenses against separatists in the east of the country. a hospital in the city of slovyansk was allegedly hit by mortar as fighting intensified overnight. the ukrainian government and the u.s. accuse russia of being behind the unrest. >> we recognize a special military operation is being performed by the russian federation and over the last few weeks, we have seen many examples which confirm telling the truth. >> there is evidence of russians
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crossing over, trained personnel from chechnia, to stir things up, to engage in fighting. we hope the russians would engage more pro-actively and try to deescalate, take advantage of the election, build a road forward where ukraine becomes a bridge between the west and the east. >> we will be trying to get you more from ukraine from our correspondent there in slovyansk. for the moment, we will move on to syria where the syrian observatory for human rights says nearly 2000 people have been killed in a barrel bomb attack in aleppo so far this year. nearly 600 of the dead are thought to be children. >> we go to the turkish-syria border. dana, can you tell us what's been happening in aleppo? >> undoubtedly there has been
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an upsurge. up to 2000 people killed since the beginning of the year. >> that's, on average, 14 people killed. the government really has been stepping up its air attacks in rebel-controlled territories in the north, not just in aleppo. it uses barrel bombs, improve vised cheap weapons. they fill bombs with oil, with tnt and shrapnel and drop them indiscriminately. they usually land on civilian neighbors. what is their military strat zee? it could be a number of objectives. one, to push rebels back, to depopulate areas. more importantly, drive a wedge between the rebels and the people, tell them that if you support the rebels, this is your punishment. but, also, to prevent the rebels from ve a creating an alternatin the ground, to be able to govern on the ground. upsurgery in violence. rebels add vies leaving the is it the city of 400,000 people.
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>> hundreds of syrians are on the move in the country. these families are from the city. they packed whatever they could take and left after rebels add viewed them to do so. the city is under the control of the government, but it is surrounded by rebel-controlled territory and it seems armed opposition fighters have made it their next target. >> the a statement was issued asking people to leave before may 29th. as you can see, hundreds are leaving to the countryside. >> the warning from the opposition came days before the government plans to hold a presidential election in areas under its control. >> people are scared after the islamic committee told them to leave. they believe government areas will be targeted. polling stations may be hit by mortars and the government's militia men will force people to vote. so the people fled. >> some of them are arriving in turkey, and many are too scared
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to speak on camera. >> there are those who said they left because they don't want to vote on election day. others are afraid that a rebel advance would unlorn heavy bombardment by syrian government war plains and others explain many want to leave but they can't. they are employees in state institutions. if they want to keep getting their salaries, they will have to vote. >> rebels have made advances. they captured a strategic region. a major highway used to supply forces in the north. >> translator: the regime is hitting back using the air force. people are afraid they will be targeted if rebels start advancing against government forces. >> the regime has made battlefie battlefield. but here in the north, it is contested that you are tory. the rebels may not be able to win the war here for now, their aim seems to be preventing people. >> against the backdrop of the
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violence, we are seeing what you described in aleppo. the syrian government is expecting to hold elections. how is that going to work? >> according to the opposition, these will not be credible. they won't be held in rebel territories. the government does control major urban centers. there is a lot of people who actually live there. but there is no credibility and that's according to the opposition because millions of people live here and they won't be able to take part. now, the opposition is also saying that this is not a democratic vote even though there are multiple candidates. the electoral law actually barred the real opposition from taking part. so, if you talk to people, people are really desperate. they feel helpless because the regime really, by holding this election and telling the world they are here to stay, we are not interested in any compromise. we are not interested in any political solution and we are going to solve this crisis by ourselves, they have even been making reconciliation deals on the ground, but when you talk to
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people in the opposition, they believe that this is not going to last for long. and the war will continue, and people will still continue to fight. so, it's really an unending war and at the same time, no side is winning. >> all right. dana hoda live for us on the border of syria. thank you very much. me meanwhile the syrian government took control of the city of homs from rebel fighters. strict restrictions on media in syria but an al jazeera team gained exclusive action to an area north of homs. this report >> reporter: abal mohammed lives with his wife and six children in a 1-room house. they use plastic sheets to cover holes caused by she willing. he has no prospect from work. his family relies on relief organizations and charities. >> translator: as you can see, there is shelling every day with all kinds of weapons like artillery and rockets.
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the shelling and bombardment have destroyed more than 90% of the houses and forced the people to leave the village. the government recently regained control after rebels agreed to retreat from the central city of homs. one of the many villages on the outskirts of homs devastated by relentless fighting. this used to be a stadium. this is what's left of the central mosque. the roads here tell the story of why people had to leave. more than 70,000 families are believed to have left homs and its surrounding areas. zeki is one of the few people who stayed because they had nowhere else to go. >> translator: we are suffering. we have nothing to do. we eat one day and don't have food for 10 days. >> more than sick million syrians are displaced internally and due to the fighting, nearly 10 million need assistance. bashar al asaad insists he is winning the war. many of those in this village and elsewhere in syria wonder
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how anyone can win when there has been so much destruction. al jazeera. to egypt where the presidential candidate, abdul fatah acisi. reporters allege he won a sland slide 92% of the vote. he has spoken to a paper in cue indicate where he said, there are those in egypt who fear that the situation in egypt will return as it was before. but that's not going to happen. there is no time for conflicts. we are moving forward. he then went on to say, we seek a real national partnership that satisfies all egyptians and play indicates the youth. i will fight until i fulfill stability. thousands of supporters have been celebrating his apparent victory. official results are not expected to be announced until next week but his election team claims his only rival received
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less than 3% of the vote. >> he is questioning the credibility of the turnout figures. traptran the democratic scene in these elections was hit by many violations, breaches and loss of neutrality. i am saying this with a responsible conscious, through loving this country, a man who loves the people, that we cannot give any credibility or belief to the numbers announced regarding the participation. >> observer mission has accused the egyptian media of being biased in favor of ehim. >> what i was able to observe were elections which were peaceful, which were free but
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not necessarily always fair because obviously one candidate had more means and more backing, especially through the press than the other one. . >> hundreds of people boycotted thely have been holding anti-coup rallies across egypt. these show demonstrators. for month on this, we are joined by an egyptian political analyst and assistant professor at qatar university. thank you for coming on to the set with us. so despite the protests we are seeing and questions over the turnout, is this a done deal? >> i don't think it's a done deal at all. it was the hope of the coup that th
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they seen, low figures to the rebe rebels. they are screaming shouting insulting egyptians to go down saying you are at any raters if you don't go down. they are sayingtraitors if you don't go down. they are saying they are accusing him. >> what can change right now, though? >> well, what can change is what has changed with mubarak. he was the treasurer for the west, for israel and he was removed. it seems people in the streets were thinking a difference. it is not what media says. >> at the same time, there is a lot of support for him. he controls the military or he has the backing of the military, which means that there will be some stability and people just want to get on with their lives and they want to see the economy fixed and given the fact that he
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can offer these things, there are people who do back him. >> okay. if you are saying that the army were backing him, the older generation with the regime and before him, their fine with it. they are fine to carry on. all. young youth who have seen and smelled the breath of freedom, they will not take it any longer. they are ready for freedom. unfortunately what he has done over the past few weeks when he was come okay t.v. shows, he was exposing himself more. he was saying i don't have anything. when asked about his agenda, he said this is top security. i am not going to say my manifesto. it's vague the only organized
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that could stand up to him is the muslim brotherhood. >> he killed them. he slaughtered, burned them. he did the holocaust in egypt. he put over 25,000 prisoners and everybody opposing him, he imprisoned. we have not seen the fix of who will be sentenced to death. we have seen this. they would not disappear because the freedom is felt. it's something. it will be alive the fact you go in the street in egypt now and you see people shot dead and the next day, people are walking the streets that will carry on. >> it was really good to get you on the show. thank you for your thoughts. >> thank you very much. well, the egyptian government has banned al jazeera from
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reporting in the country. a andaj is continuing to demand the release of its journalists detained there. they have now been held in prison for 153 days. their trial is due to resume on sunday. now, they are accused of conspiring with the outlawed muslim brotherhood. al jazeera rejects the charges against its staff. >> there is plenty more still to come on this program. the japanese prime minister addresses an asian security conference as tensions rise over territoryial disputes. plus, i am tanya page. millions of people live downstream. the dam needs urgent structural repairs. >> coming up in sport, the l.a. clipper he team set to go for a record $2,000,000,000.
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nowness india have arrested three people for the alleged gang rape and killing of two teenage girls, the cousins aged 14 and 15 were strangled and hung from a tree. the girls had gone missing from the northern state on tuesday evening. the father of one of the victims is demanding a federal investigation. >> the police came to my house and informed me that my daughter has been found hanging from a tree. i want federal investigators to look into the case because i do not trust the state please more from new delhi. >> the young age of the victims is adding to the outrage in this case. the family is accuses please of der lex of duty. they are claiming the police refused to help search for the girls when they went missing and later when the bodies were found, refused to file criminal charges against the accused. vimmingers got so upset they surrounded the body still hanging from the trees and
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refused to let them turn them over to the police until criminal charges were filed. state shorts have suspended two police officers and say they will be doing a full investigation. now, this crime comes about a year and a half after the brutal gang rape and killing of a paramedical student here in new dihli. >> shocked the country into having a debate about the issue of rapes which had been under reported in the country before then. crime statistics show a woman somewhere in this country is raped every 22 minutes, a figure many women's group say is being underestimated. there have been stronger laws brought in to protect them. since that infamous gang rape, that shows many of these crimes still occur despite having tough new laws. >> the prime minister ordered an investigation after a pregnant woman was beaten to death by her
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family. human rights activists have been protesting. police are being accused of standing by while the beating happened. >> japan's prime minister says his kuntz trees will offer its utmost security for security in southeast asia. japan wants to play a more proactive role. japan and another of countries are involved in teartorial disputes with china. adrienne brown has more >> reporter: the chinese easy government's assertive push for sovereignty hasler put it on a collision course with v vietnam it's squaring off against another neighbor, japan, over the ownership of islands in the east china sea administered by japan but claimed by china.
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beijing reinforce did the sovereignty claim declaring an identification zone over airspace surrounding the islands. since then, military jets from both countries have been harassing one another, sometimes just meters apart. but japan is now growing more assertive, as well, emboldened by sport from president barack obama. last month, he said he would oppose any moves to undermine japan's control of the islands. two weeks ago, prime minister shinzo abi and to raise the stakes further. he said he hoped for a change in japan's path of the constitution that would enable japan to defend an ally under attack like the united states. china fears the proposed change could mark the first step towards a new era of japanese militarism. both countries fought a war in these waters 120 years ago. china came off worse. and while the prospects of another conflict are remote,
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analysts fear a dangerous pattern is starting to emerge. adrienne brown, al jazeera. scott hideler is live in singapore where that conference is happening. scott, i believe shinzo abi has spoken. what has he said? >> yeah, he really kind of mapped out what media in japan were calling the abi doctorine. this is something he has been focused on. >> that's really expanding their reach, japan's reach in the region. and specifically, you can look at it in the defense arena. >> that's why he is speaking this dialogue because this is where the security and defense leaders from the region and outside the region come here to discuss what's been going on. he says that they want to play. japan wants to play a more proactive role in peace and security in the region and he said multiple times that what really needs to be adhered to in
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the region is rule of law. now, obviously, that was directed at china and these teartorial disputes we just heard about in that story proceeding this. he is focused on that. he wants to expand. he said this isn't about -- all about military. he is saying that there is so much -- too much spending going on in the military in the asia pacific. a lot more of that money needs to be focused on the people. this is a departure from japan over the last several decades because they have this passivist constitution where they can only provide really defense for their home nation, home state. he's looking to expand that a little bit. so there is going to have to be a little of changing inside japan if they want to take this more proactive stanchion. >> this is the first time japan is trying to expand its sphere of influence in such a way. what kind of support is it getting particularly well those teartorial disputes? and has there been any reaction from china?
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>> yes, reaction from china, they are concerned. they are saying this is just a way for japan to build its military back up. as far as those nations who are going through teartorial disputes with china, themselves, particularly vietnam and the philippines, they are on board with japan. in fact, januapan has been discussing supplying them with patrol boats, both of those nations. so they are supporting it. and the southeast earn asian bloc, there are some nations that aren't really kind of stepping up and saying japan should play a bigger role because their reliance on china for economic and political ties. so you've got a bit of -- an uphill battle if you will when it comes to japan trying to focus on the southeast asian area. as we heard, the united states, president barack obama is fully behind japan. they see japan as a big ally in the region. >> that's where you are going to see this kind of counter you weighing, balancing, ramping up
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quite dramatically in the region when it comes to military and the united states and japan trying to counter balance that wrapping up. in the speech, the prime minister was very diplomatic. he didn't kind of confront china but he kept saying several times the reason for success in the region, prosperity in the region, there needs to be adherence to rule of law. >> thank you very much. scott hideler there for us, giving us angupdate on the summit in singapore. spanish police have arrested six people. the men are all spanish nationals, suspected of trying to recruit fighters from groups in syria, libya and mali. they were arrested in the north african enclave of maelia. spain is struggling to cope with an influx of asylum seekers who landed there earlier this week. more from melia. . >> police startitargeted eight different addresses here around
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4:00 o'clock in the morning. six men were arrested. all of them spanish nationals. they were brought here to the special military air strip where we can see through the next that some of them had roofs over their heads, that they are surrounded by special forces. each of the men is being accused of being part of a jihadist cell recruiting and offering training and sending out fighters to places like malia and syria. each of the men were put on board a military aircraft destined for madrid. it's 10 years since the train bombings in the spanish train capitol. the leadership are keen to show the population that they are doing everything possible to fight terrorism at home. >> the global financial crisis of 2008 triggered a wave of youth unemployment across europe and today, many are still struggle to go find jobs. barn aebephillips has the second part the jobless series reporting from portugal where
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more than a third of young people are out of work. >> two months after she left school, sara's days are following a predictable pattern. she looks in the newspapers for jobs. many offer small salaries and short-term contracts but she calls anyway. and sometimes, like today, she goes to an interview. she's already been to 20 in recent weeks. so she tries not to get her hopes up. >> of >> translator: i send cvs and people don't reply. or if they do, at tthey tell me don't have any experience. after so many "no's," i have starting to lose motivation but it seems so difficult to get a job. >> the problem for young people have suffered unemployment in a country like portugal is that there may be long-term consequences. economists believe their future career prospects, their earnings, even their happiness can be affected by a spell of youth unemployment.
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and so, even as economies start to grow in southern europe, the consequences of this crisis could be felt for decades to come. claudia is slightly older than sara, an experienced set designer in the theatre. she likes to keep busy but the work has dried up. she hasn't had a regular job for almost two years. in these conditions, she says, it's not possible to start a family. >> translator: i have many friends in a worse situation than me because i don't have children. i have friends who have two children, school to pay for, healthcare and so on. they have to ask their parents for help. it's our parents' generation that's keeping us going. >> for sara, there is good news. the hostel where she had the interview had offered her a job. it only pays a few hundred dollars a month. not much to live on this city, but young europeans are desperate for just a start as it
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becomes more and more difficult to break out of a cycle of unemployment. barnaby phillips, al jazeera, lisbon. >> and in the next part of our generation jobless series, a report from tunisia where youth unemployment helped trigger the arab spring uprising. it remains a major problem two years on. >> that's on saturday, here on al jazeera. >> okay. let's get the weather. >> thank you very much. well, looking at showers back in the balkans, of course, the flooding still in the process of going down. look at this huge massive cloud, southern parts of the bal conchs looking rather disturbed at the moment. the wetter weather is making its way a little further eastward. got these two areas of low pressure just around the plaque sea producing some pretty lively storms recently. very heavy downpours into bulgaria, 65 millimeters of rain here in only 24 hours. that the extends into a good part of eastern europe. it will remain that way through the next couple of days.
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showers anywhere from around bulgaria up into crain toward the western side of russia. more rain from moscow. temperatures up to 26 degrees celsius. 20 for berlin and for vienna. finally, dry into western side. keeping it settled. we have the ball in london looking good for that. looking good for the cricket as well. going through tomorrow and fine for the tennis in paris at around 22 degrees. much of western europe as we go through sunday we have showers back into eastern side of europe with more rain there for the bal conchs. >> that was the weather with everton fox, still ahead on this program. a regional african meeting with the bell helicopter press. is it too little too late? and in sports we have the story of how afghanistan's wheelchair basketball team overcame
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incredible odds. vé
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hello. these are our stories making the headlines on al jazeera. ukraine's acting defense minister says the army will continue offensive against separatists in the east of the country. fighting has intensified in slovyansk. a hospital there was allegedly hit by mortar. hundreds of people are holding anticoup rallies across egypt demanding that the military hand back power to the people
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following e elections. presidential candidate acisi has promised a new era for egypt. and the syrian observetory for human rights says nearly $2,000 people have been killed in barrel bomb attacks in alepposo this year. nearly 600 of the dead are thought to be children. security in nigeria and mali is at the top of the agenda in an emergency summit of west african leaders. 15 countries are members of the economic community of west african states. they are known as ecowas. its main purpose is to promote regional economic cooperation. the surge in violence has made nigh year i can't the focus. president goodluck jonathan announced a war against the
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group. the director of the afro middleast center in johannesburg says any african response to bell helicopter is coming too late. >> it is a strong organization. it has weight. it's members do take it seriously. and it is able to play a role both economically as well as politically and diplomatically. it represents, you know, one of the important sub regions of the african continencontinent. so, do a lot. but on the nigerian bell helicopter situation, i am not sure it is able to. the question, the issue really, however, is that what we see in nigeria is that with the kidnapping of the girls by bell helicopter, you had for them to send in their forced
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for them to send in their for s forces. no have the similar kinds of effort by african governments. and i think this meeting is really about four weeks late on this issue is an attempt to address this to say, well, you know, as africans we also want to have some role here. >> zambia and zimbabwe are trying to repair the kariba dam, one of the largest forming a border between the two countries. cracks have appeared. people living below the dam are worried. tanya page has this report >> reporter: morning reveals the dam's huge size. it's one of the world's biggest. for more than half a century, it's harnessed the river generating hydro electricity for zambia and zimbabwe. age is showing. water gates are worn below the surface. the wall is cracked and needs to be fixed urgently to avoid what could be a catastrophic
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collapse. chief jackson is among the three and a half million people who live down river. his people believe a river's spirit called the numyyumy is to blame. >> it's true the numyyumy is responsible for the cracks in the dam because it doesn't want anyone to tamper with the rivers. when the zambizi is blocked, the spirit becomes angry and will make problems for all of us. >> fuller doesn't believe that. his business depends upon the free of tourists. >> it's a great concern to us down here because we are on the receiving end. we don't want a tsunami. >> the governments insist they are. they need to raise $250 million before the complex repair work can begin. >> to get a sense of scale, take a look at the dam, held back by
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the dam, about 2 and a half meters thing. if we look down here at the shear drop, you get a sense of the volume of water held back by the dam and how catastrophic it would be if anything went wrong the volume of water held back by the dam and how catastrophic it would be if anything went wrong. >> the minister says the threat isn't imminent but he is treating it as if it were, pushing the project through quickly. >> we want to start as soon as possible. we don't want to delay. we know we are ther not procrastinating. >> tens of thousands of people were relocated to make way for the dam while some still haven't been connected to the electricity it generates, the zambizi provides in other ways. the power of the river demands respect, whether you believe the cracks in the dam can be blamed on an ancient river spirit or age alone. tanya page, al jazeera, zambia. with a new pro-business government taking office in india, foreign investors are
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eyeing opportunities in asia's third largest economy. a report from india's commercial capitol, mumbai. >> a roarring trade for 50 years, more than a market. it's a it community with hundreds of small traders supporting thousands of workers. many here like this shopkeeper voted in the recent national e elections. securing the bjp a landslide victory. in return, they want the new government to prevent foreign companies from setting up supermarkets in india. >> our business won't survive if big stores open up, our businesses will be finished. it's simple. if people go to a mall, all of the small businesses will be finished. the people who earn daily wages, they will u they will earn nothing. >> the bjp has promised to protect these mom and pop
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businesses by preventing outside investment in multi-brand rail but the new prime minister has a reputation for aggressively pursuing foreign capital. with more than a billion people, india is a massive market for companies like tesco and wal-mart. there are few supermarkets. if they can get permission to open stores, they could make huge profits. >> the consulting firm, deloitte predicts the rail sector will grow by $230,000,000,000 next year. the potential for investors is enormous. but economists insist consumers would also benefit from what's called foreign direct investment or fdi. >> problems plaguing india is high inflation, particularly in the grocery segments. it is believed that if foreign investment comes in, in this area, it should have
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multi-brands that are going to unleash a lot of activities which are going to be positive for inflation control. >> but before committing their capital, investors want the government to guarantee a business-friendly environment. >> mostly, i think they need to stabilize their taxation system in india which means there should be no unpredictability. similarly, there are laws about land acquisition which are really unfavorable. >> reporter: in kalava, vendors are counting on the government to keep things as they are. their survival depends upon it. karish, al jazeera, mumbai. >> argentina has been locked out of overseas markets since it defaulted in 2001 on its $95 billion debt. but in a major step towards economic recovery, it has made a landmark financial deal with a group of creditor nations. daniel swineler explains >> reporter: it was a breakthrough for the argentine
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economy following marathon talks in paris. argentina has agreed to repay the nearly $10,000,000,000 it owes to the 19 members of the paris club of creditor nations. >> the government so far has been very ineffective in terms of generating the confidence so that private capital comes again to the country. and part of the reason that made it difficult was that there was no settlement with the paris club, and so this might help. >> argentina province to pay the initial 1 and a quart$1 and a qn dollars by next mayo condition it did not have to work with enter the national monetary fund. >> no. i would say that this is not enough. it's a step forward but it's not enough. currently, argentina has two main problems in terms of macro
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economics. one is a high inflation rate. inflation is running up over 20%. and the second problem is it's tan economy that is in a recession. >> the bulk of the debt was taken out for military rule in argentina in the 1970s and '80s. negotiations with the paris club broke down when argentina defaulted on more than $100,000,000,000 of foreign debt in 2001. with its foreign res issues low and inflation high, argentina needed to win confidence and attract investment in the lowest level in the decade. i am in the museum ofphon debt dedicated to trying to make some sense of a shadow that has long been hanging over argentina. development in paris may mean it's a whole new chapter that now needs to be added. >> many will remain wary while argentina is fighting private creditors in u.s. courts. stock markets have reacted positively to the agreement while the rest of the country is
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hoping that it's not too little too late. daniel swiner, al jazeera, bound as aires. >> the new york film festival opens this week. one of the films has been written and acted out entirely by young people who grew up in foster care. we have turned to the cast to turn their experiences into an inspirational movie. >> this is how many children enter the faustser care system in the united states, forcibly taken from an abusive home. >> for others, it may be due to a parent's death or in the case of nuquina clark, a parent's druck addiction. >> when they came, it was okay. i didn't know what to think. i am like where am i going? what to take? my mom is not going. just me and my brother. >> in all cases, it's a real life drama. here, played out in a movie
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called no how by actors who have lived through it. >> we are going to be doing screenings in the film. >> it's a product of the possibility project run by paul griffin. for years, he's been teaching theatre to under privileged kids as a tool for their own empowerment. but after staging a play based upon the experiences of foster children, he saw an opportunity. >> the impact on audiences is overwhelming. we heard that from our audiences. they felt like they were learning something they had never seen before, which was a surprised to us. we didn't see that coming up. >> hatty, you are intelligent. all you have to do is pass the test. >> the different story lines demonstrate hard facts. only 50% of americans in foster care finish high school. 60% are convicted of a crime. >> the film took three years to realize and a major commitment from a group of young people still struggling to get their own lives under control. now, they are showing it not only at film festivals but also to the agencies and social workers in charge of children in
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foster care. >> many in the cast working on the project was the first time they openly talked about their experiences. >> none of us think we are going to go off and be like the next denzel. you know what i mean? we were doing it because, like, this is important to tell these stories. >> their ultimate goal is to improve foster care and provide a happy ending for more children in the system. kristin salumy, al jazeera, new york. >> coming up, we will have the sports, new york's nhl team celebrate a milestone. robin will be here to tell you about that and a lot more.
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is justice really for all?
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the thai army deputy spokesman says soldiers will toughen measurements against anti-coup protesters, impose can a curfew. military rule accounts for about 10% of the economy. >> ready to fight, oiled, massaged, loose muscles and ready to fight in front of tourists. thai boxing is a big draw for the millions of tour rifts who arrive in thailand but months of instability have taken a toll. >> if there were more tourists i will earn more but with fewer tourists, it affects my rage.
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>> 80% of revenues from tourism, it's down 60% in the last six months. >> tourism is as much a political issue as an economic one. you may remember how some groups at the international airport to make a political point. >> some touristscism aren't concerned. it's true that even though a curfew and martial law have been imposed in the whole country, there haven't been any problems here nevertheless, more than 40 governments have warned their citizens about travel to go thailand. >> if they want to advise their country people to exercise some cautiousness, but all means, at the same time, they should say, well, you know, having to book it >> reporter: the beaches do seem a world away from bangkok's
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urban sprawl. but they are the same nation. what's happening in the correspondence dors of power and army camps in the capitol and across the country have serious consequences for everyone. >> the military is probably hoping their coup is a game changer in the bitterly fought political contest. both sides indicate this is a fight to the end. veronica pedrosa, thailand. >> and as promised, it's time for sports. here is robin for us. >> thank you very much. good to have you along, everybody. the l a. clippers basketball team is set to be sold for $2,000,000,000, steve baumer has agreed to buy the franchise to end the ownership of donald sterling who was banned from life for making racist commence, selling for $12 million back in 1981 and the voters will vote on the sale on tuesday.
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for more, i am joined by the editor of chris, is this a clear-cut deal? is it that they will vote on the third of june and this goes ahead, or do you foresee potential complications? >> there is nothing clear-cut when it comes to donald sterling. this is a man who does aw askin /*... when the vote is scheduled by nba voters, that vote would have the effect of... [audio ] hopefully we will have a resolution by tuesday. >> chris, this line sounds absolutely terrible here it was
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live from us from new york talking more about the los angeles clippers. we will try to get to him a little later. thank you very much. if this $2 billion sale goes through it will headache the la clippers the most expense expensive team ever sold. how does this stand against the other sports? in 2008, the n.f.l.'s miami dolphins were purchased by 1.1 billion. >> manchester united $14,000,000,000, by a billionaire who passed away earlier this week. the most expensive franchise is the l.a. dodgers, led by magic johnson purchased the team for 2 on.$15,000,000,000 back in 2012. the san antonio spurs are edging closer toward a big payday. they are one win away from a
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place in the nba finals. the spurs beat the thunder, okc as they are known in game 5 of the wester conference final series, the 117 to 89 point games, spurs lead guam 6 is in oklahoma city. >> takes place on saturday. . >> don't get too excited about yourself. if you win and don't hang your head, throw a pity party if you lose. what's important is the next game like the next play on each game is important. they have been around long enough and okc is the same way. you come back and you [applause.] again. >> the new york rangers are headed to use hockey stanley cup finals. they beat the montreal canadians by 4 gales. the rangers are placed at the stanley cup for the first time in 20 years. >> we are not there yet. i mean we've given ourselves the opportunity to compete for the
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cup. it was, you know, great shelling tonight. we played in my book probably our best game of the playoffs. >> let's get caught up on the video. trying to secure a place in the fourth round. the second seed is from croatia. roger federer is in court. going to a fourth set in the women's draw, friday's first casualty, in the third round. it's the world number 72's 6-4, 6-4 victory. second round in the grand slam for the first time. she is a now headed to round 4. and. >> it was my day today. well, i think i just start to
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slow. 5-1 down. trying to almost come back. . >> australian advancing. the french open for the 4th time in 6 years. >> mcelroy leads the tournament in ohio by three shots. he is the world number 6 now after his pj championship win last week. shock an opening round of 9 and a par 63. world number 1 adam scott who claimed a colonial title at crowne plaza, the australian finished on 3 under 69. a shot of the day went to phil mikelson who holed out from the bunker on the 13th hole. he saved par and managed to stu on 4 under. >> i feel very comfortable with my game at the minute.
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it's obviously showing out there and, you know, very healthy with the round of golf i played today. >> tomorrow, we will get moving in the right direction. if the condition is good, it will be low scores all the week. hopefully a game of 18 tomorrow. >> afghanistan in italy to take part in an international basketball tournament. many players have never left their war torn countries. a report from cantu, the players have overcome war and disabilities to find new joy in life. cheers for the basketball team at the first international tournament. this team of disabled athletes traveled from the war-torn country to italy to face the nation's champions. >> for me i couldn't believe i
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am playing here in a tournament with strong teams, champion, national team obviously and championship of italy teams. i was so proud of myself and other players. >> four years ago, these players were complete amateurs. now, they are playing against professional teams abroad. to them, this game is much more than a score. just being here feels like a victory. >> some of them were born with disabilities. others suffered spinal injuries from car accidentses. most are victims of the country's war. zaki was hit by shrapnel in his spinal cord when he was eight years old. he has lived in a wheelchair ever since. basketball for him was a real game changer. >> when i am in the court, i play basketball. i don't feel that i am a disabled person.
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i feel that i am normal person, as normal person, they work, they play, they have fun. yes, i feel like that. >> most of the players were treated in the red cross hospital in kabul. once there, they went from patients to athletes? >> it was a challenge at the beginning because we did not know how to play. we did not have wheelchairs for them. so, it took some time to start. and then, we managed to get a trainer and we practiced. >> the game ended with a win for the home team. but the players from afghanistan have achieved so much more. they bounced back from the challenges of being staled in a countrydisabled in a country ravaged by war. >> we need to tell you about arsen wenga signed a contract extension as manager of arsenal after the fa cup ov.
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a couple of other stories developing over the next few hours as well that we are keeping track for you. real madrid has been ordered to close part of the stadium due to racism by fans in the champions league city final. all of those details are on including how you can get in touch with the al jazeera sports team using twitter and facebook e >> all right. the number of meissel cases in the u.s.asel cases in the u.s. it is secentered in the amish community in ohio. 138 cases have been confirmed there. the centers for disease control and prevention reported 288 cases of measles nationwide in the first five months of this year. the outbreak is thought to be linked to u.s. citizens traveling to the philippines. but it's not just a problem in
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the u.s. other countries like canada, the u.k., japan and australia also reported infections. travelers returning from the philippines mainly. an epidemic in the southeast asian nation has infected 32,000 people and caused 41 deaths this year. most of the travelers who contracted measles were not vaccinated and refused to be vaccinated. health officials are urging people to get vaccinated. california now and the private paspace exploration company has announced a reusable spacecraft. the dragon v 2 may lower the cost of space travel. it is capable of transporting up to seven astronauts to the international space station and return to earth and can almost land anyone with the accuracy of a helicopter. stay with us on al jazeera. we have another bulletin just ahead.
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the war in syria hits home with an american suicide bomber. we'll consider what it says on headed. also, a meal replacement drink some are calling the end of food. plus, is it possible to predict a genocide. work. >> i'm lisa fletcher in for antonio mora - welcome to "consider this," and here is more on what's ahead. >> in syria an american citizen reportedly blew himself up in a suicide ck